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Reposted from Onomastic by Sara R

On the first day of this new year, Sara R posted a diary informing us of some rotten, horrible, news. Our Cedwyn was very ill and the outlook was not looking promising.

It still isn't. And I just can't accept that. Will not accept that. I will not accept that miracles can not happen for someone who is, as a dear friend described her, "a force of nature."

Ask anyone who knows Cedwyn and you will hear phrases like that. She is a magic maker, one who creates serendipity where ever she goes, opening doors for life and laughter that delight and amaze.

She's also brilliant.  With that huge heart matched by a wondrous smile comes a first class mind. Cedwyn embodies a generosity of spirit. As Sara R said recently, "She's generous with laughter."

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In short, she is a gift and a wonder. And we have been blessed with her both on this site and off of it, for years.

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So, here's the deal. I want a miracle and that means all of us coming together to send love and healing energy to Cedwyn.

Light a candle, say a prayer, send a good thought, sing a song that says it all for you, or whatever form your caring and good thoughts take.

Leave a message in the comments for Cedwyn. It will be included in the beautiful quilt of healing and love that Sara R and Anne are making for her.  

Share your favorite songs, poems, and yes, stories of Cedwyn. She doesn't want or need pity. She just needs life and love. She needs you. Let her know that you'll catch her if she falls.

                 

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Thu Jan 01, 2015 at 05:03 PM PST

Community Quilt for Cedwyn

by Sara R

Reposted from Sara R by Sara R

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PerfectStormer's quilt

I have some very sad news.  Our friend, Cedwyn, has an illness with a poor prognosis.  She's been through a couple rounds of treatment and is now resting with family.  Needless to say, the whole experience has been devastating for her and she has been shy about letting people know because when they ask questions, she finds it very upsetting.  Please don't call her with questions -- just give her your love -- it is what she really needs to get through this.  Tonight, we are going to put our focus on sending Cedwyn lots of love and support and visualizing her in the bloom of health.  She has, at her core, that effervescent, vital energy that makes any gathering of which she is a part sparkle -- and no illness is going to change that.  So let's make a quilt of bright colors and loving words for Cedwyn and celebrate this bright and beautiful woman.  In this way, we can be a big help as she fights for her health.

UPDATE: We have 86 messages and are $15 ahead on donations, thank you!!

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Mon Dec 15, 2014 at 04:44 PM PST

Community Quilt for MrsBadger

by Sara R

Reposted from Sara R by Sara R

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A "meteor blade", detail from Meteor Blades' quilt

When you lose someone, the holidays are never the same.  In fact, they can become intensely, excruciatingly painful.  And that first Christmas...well let's just say it is the hardest.  It hurts like hell.  So we are gathered tonight to put our arms around someone who is going through this pain.  

MrsBadger is newly widowed.  Her husband, badger, was a much loved member of the Monday Night Cancer Club -- and sadly, he succumbed to cancer early this year.  He was mourned by many but none so much as his beloved wife.  She wrote about her feelings here -- go read (and keep a tissue handy).  And here is her very tender diary at the time of her husband's death, in July.

MrsBadger, we weep with you...but we are also going to wrap you up in something warm and hopes it helps to salve the wounds and bring some comfort.  We are going to make you a quilt out of love.

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Reposted from Pootie Pad Party by Sara R

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Our booth at the Portland Pet Expo in October.  Pootie Pads are made in Portland, OR, with love.

NOTE: We are continuing our special sale for you this week only.  Your purchase of Pootie Pads will help us with vet bills for Betty the Basement Cat who has failing kidneys.  Thank you, and we hope you find nice gifts in our shop today!

There is still time to get gifts in plenty of time for Xmas.  Sometimes, folks are really hard to shop for. Some will go so far as to say they don't want "things" (my late mother was like that).  But if that hard-to-shop for person is a pet owner, we have a thought for you!  Aromatic, herb-filled quilts for pets that they can lie on, roll around on, and be comforted.  We call them Pootie Pads and they make great gifts, all year round.  They are made from pre-washed cotton that contains no pesticides or toxins, organic herbs, and love.  The pleasure of watching a cat enjoy Pootie Pad catnip is priceless, trust me -- and the comfort a dog can get from our calming herbs just might make for a more peaceful home.

For cats, we have human-grade, organic catnip.  This catnip helps shy cats become approachable, aggressive cats to chill out, and geriatric or ill cats to become more comfortable.  Wash in cold water, lay flat to dry, and the pad will last your cat more than a year.  

Pootie Pads come in three sizes.  Fabric choices for original and petitie sizes are here - or let us choose for you.

Original: 23" x 17" $30 plus $5.60 shipping (regularly $35)

ON SALE (let us choose for you!) Petite: 13.5" x 9.5"  ONE for $15 plus $5.60 shipping (regularly $18) OR TWO for $30 (regularly $35) plus $5.60 shipping

Play Size: 8" x 4.5 Four for $30 plus $5.60 shipping (was $35)  These make great stocking stuffers!

Pecos the wonder kitteh
Pecos says that Pootie Pads are the best!

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Reposted from Kitchen Table Kibitzing by Sara R
For two years now, we have delivered quilts, handmade cards and teddy bears to a VA Hospital, concurrent with Netroots Nation.  Last year, we added knitted or crocheted hats and scarves to the gift, along with books and games.  Here is a diary about our delivery to the Detroit VA Hospital.  We had quite a display in the NN14 exhibit hall!

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It was a cool project because people from different groups at DKos contributed -- the military families group, the DK Quilt Guild, WAYWO, and the Readers & Book Lovers.  

This year, Ann and I are not going to Phoenix, so we are going to organize the DK VA Hospital Support project around the VA Hospital here in Portland, OR.  And the project doesn't have to be concurrent with Netroots Nation this time.  Actually, we were thinking a long weekend anywhere from late August to early October would be lovely -- and it could be a meet up that folks from out of town might want to join, as what the Brits would call a "mini break" holiday.  We can organize a tour or two for everyone, and perhaps a lunch or dinner to which we will invite the Governor or a Senator to speak -- but otherwise leave people to socialize as they will.  In other words, we are envisioning something that would be 80% social, one afternoon at the VA Hospital, one dinner opportunity to interact with a Pacific Northwest politician or two, and the rest of the time spent with friends in our fair Portlandia.  What do you think?

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The best time for me to come to Portland, OR next year would be:

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Sun Nov 16, 2014 at 01:21 PM PST

Thank you.

by Sara R

Reposted from Sara R by Sara R

You are the community of our hearts.

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Mine

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Ann's

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and let's not forget the cats...

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by Sara R

Sara R, one of our beloved quilt sisters, has a birthday today. She, her sister winglion (Ann), their five cats and four chickens have much to celebrate on a daily basis, as Sara herself shared in a diary from last Friday night.  We here are very lucky to have them both, given all that they contribute to the strength and cohesion of the Daily Kos community.

Precisely because Sara and Ann are such integral members of this community, it is my privilege to ask Kossacks for help on their behalf, as one way to celebrate Sara's birthday.

Please follow me beneath the intertwined pootie tails for more information. And for music!

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Sara R and winglion (l to r), Community Quilt sisters extraordinaire!
peregrine kate is hosting a virtual party and everybody is invited tomorrow Sunday afternoon - 5:00 PM Eastern time (so 4:00 Midwestern, 3:00 Mountain, and 2:00 Catnip Manor Time). Don't run out and get her a card. BUT the purrr-fect gift is green and folds. Both she and Ann really, really need your help. Kate has all of the details.

Between now and tomorrow afternoon you can help kate make sure her diary is seen by everyone on Daily Kos. E-mail everyone who is a member and use KosMail, too. If you do facebook, promote Kate's diary.

The title of the diary will be,

"Wish Sara R Happy Birthday!
 And Help Keep the Quilt Sisters in Their Home".

One last request: please don't call them. Neither Ann nor Sara are feeling very well [stress is only a part of their problems].  
thankyouverymuch

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Tue Oct 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT

Community Quilt for Yasuragi

by Sara R

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Meteor Blades' quilt in the quilting hoop

Our friend, Yasuragi, has had a hell of a year, and she is in chroni pain.  Onomastic is in close touch with her and kindly provided the details of what happened to Yasu:

Four years ago she was put on the antibiotic from hell, Levaquin. Do not allow anyone to prescribe Levaquin to you or anyone you know. The drug has nasty side affects, including serious tendon damage.  Levaquin did just that to Yasu's legs, from hips to ankles, leaving her barely able to walk for two years. She was left in constant pain, unable to work, and struggling for hope. Yasu is now having annual injections to moderate the pain so she can get around but the damage has left her vulnerable to falls. She fell last winter and damaged her right hand, the hand she needs most to be able to do her wood working.

Then in March she was in a horrific car accident in Vermont. If she hadn't been driving her tank of a Volvo she would have been killed. As it was she was laid up for a couple months, again, unable to work. And now a bone in her right hand has been fractured, leaving her once more unable to work. To say she is feeling like the universe is busily engaged in swinging two by fours at her with no signs of stopping is an understatement.

The last few years have taken a deep financial and emotional toll. I can't think of anything that would do her more good than to be able to wrap herself in one of yours and Ann's beautiful quilts filled with loving messages from this wonderful community.

We agree that Yasu could use the comfort of a quilt containing loving words from her online friends.  So that is why we are here tonight!  Let us lift her up and embrace her in friendship and loving support.
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Reposted from Sara R by Sara R

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Meteor Blades' quilt, layered and pin basted for quilting.  The star is now completely hand quilted.  Next comes the red background.

I was planning to wait until after the election to write this diary -- but two urgent quilt requests have come in -- one for Yasuragi and one for byardl.  Both are in terrible pain. UPDATE: A third urgent request has come in.  Dangoch's wife of 39 years has had a reocurrence of breast cancer, now in her neck, chest, rib and brain.   But before we can turn to these, we have two quilts that are undersubscribed to finish first.  I hope we can do that this evening!

The first is for edgery who broke her ankle at NN14 and then suffered a spiral break of a finger when she fell while learning to use her crutches.  Both injuries required surgery and she is going to be recovering for a long time.

We are short 10 messages and $16 for edgery's quilt.
PAYPAL LINK FOR EDGERY'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

The second is for Perfect Stormer who was born with only one functioning kidney.  Now that kidney has failed him and he needs a transplant.  

We are short 7 messages and $27 for Perfect Stormer's quilt
PAYPAL LINK FOR PERFECT STORMER'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

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Reposted from Kos Katalogue by Sara R

How we spend our money is political.  When you are considering the purchase of holiday gifts, why not support the work of a small business run by a Kossack?  The benefits are many.  You will find quality, your money will circulate in the economy promptly, and your purchase will make a big difference to someone who is creating their own job.  It's a win/win!

Below the orange squiggle-doodle, you will find a list of these businesses with links to their stores.  The list is alphabetical, first by category (books, jewelry, services, etc.) and within each category by the name of the vendor.  This list will be updated throughout the season so please hot list it!  This way you are only a couple clicks away from the Kos Katalogue.  

In the coming week, you will see diaries by the vendors and satisfied shoppers.  We are working on a way to catalogue these diaries, too, so you can get greater detail on what each shop has to offer.  Feel free to contact the vendors by Kos Mail or email, as well.  They will love to have your business -- and if you act promptly, custom orders might be possible before the holidays!

If you have a small business and would like to be added to Kos Katalogue, please leave a comment below or contact me by Kos Mail.  Let's make this a wonderful holiday season.  Shop Kos Katalogue!




Kos Katalogue: October 2014




The Holiday Season is almost here! Please consider buying your holiday or celebration gifts for friends and family from the Kos Katalogue.

Kos Katalogue is an online catalog of businesses owned by people who cherish and promote liberal values.  Handmade or original gifts include pet supplies; fine art; quilts; jewelry; children's department; arts and crafts; stationery; books; clothing; craft supplies; electronics; food and drink; household sundries; yarn, knitting, crochet, and weaving; freelance services; software and webdesign; sporting goods; and music.

Below are four examples of these handmade or original gifts.  Thanks for your support.  

Community Quilt Project                        David M Bowman Studio

 Wings: Hands on Silver                        Laughing Coyote Woodworks


Please remember to republish these diaries to your Daily Kos Groups.  You can also follow all postings by clicking this link for the Kos Katalogue Group. Then, click 'Follow' and that will make all postings show up in 'My Stream' of your Daily Kos page.

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Reposted from Sara R by Sara R

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high uintas' quilt, showing the backing

Our friend, PerfectStormer, is waiting for a kidney transplant.  He was born with only one functioning kidney and now it isn't functioning anymore.  He is on dialysis until a suitable kidney can be found.  Many miseries come with dialysis so we are making a quilt for PerfectStormer to support his spirit until he can get a transplant.

We are short 18 messages and $122 for this quilt.

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